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The Dangers of Partying too Hard in High School and Varsity!

The transition from child to youth is often a challenging one, especially in one’s high school years. Experiencing new things with new friends is an endless thrill. This new found freedom brings responsibility with it. The dangers of partying too hard is a harsh reality, and safety should always be a priority.

High School Sheep

As young adults rebelling comes naturally , it’s almost like second nature. Continue reading The Dangers of Partying too Hard in High School and Varsity!

How to Prepare for Grade 12 Final Exams

Grade 12 Final Exams

 

It is very stressful preparing for the Grade 12 Final exams which are just around the corner but there’s still time so, make the best of it. Twelve years of school and it all boils down to how well you prepare and perform in your examinations. Your peers may have already started studying while others haven’t opened their books yet. Whichever category you fit in, below are some tips to help you prepare for your Grade 12 Final exams.

Don’t panic

Stress levels are higher during exam periods. Instead of stressing yourself out about achieving your goals, focus your energy on revising concepts that you are familiar with for each subject. This reduces the amount of time needed to revise at the end especially when you’re tired and unable to absorb information effectively. The aim is to fine-tune your knowledge and know your work one hundred per cent before moving on. This will decrease the chance of being unsure of your answers in the exam. Continue reading How to Prepare for Grade 12 Final Exams

Earth Day 2016

On the 22nd of April every year countries around the world observe Earth Day.  It is currently recognized by 192 countries and celebrated by over two billion people. The founder of the idea, Gaylord Nelson, was a senator in the U.S. He wanted a national day for people to focus on the environment.

earth day

What is Earth day?

The first observed day originated in 1970, around the time of worldwide consumption of the earth’s natural resources with little worry of environmental consequences. This year marked the 46th celebrated earth day! It is a movement encouraging people to live a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle, and rallies and marches are held all around the world to show support of this day. Continue reading Earth Day 2016

Drakensberg, a field trip review

I recently went on a field trip with my environmental science soils class to the Drakensberg in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. The purpose of this field trip was for us to gain experience in field work related to our degree (BSc environmental science at UKZN Westville).

We visited the ATKV Drakensville Resort (http://www.atkvresorts.co.za/drakensville-accommodation),which was delightful! Some of the activities available include mini-golf , zip-lining, horse riding  and a heated swimming pool.

Drakensburg

What did we do in Drakensberg?

Our weekend spent in the Drakensberg consisted of hiking, learning , some zip-line fun, soil testing and management. Being a fitness fanatic, I thoroughly enjoyed hiking in the mountains and had no problem getting dirty with a “hands-in-sand” approach. This was necessary to conduct a precise soil analysis, which included testing for texture, clay content, sediment size and soil type to name a few. Continue reading Drakensberg, a field trip review

Balancing High School Sports and Academics

high school sport

High school sport is a vital part of our school life. The tricky part is finding a good balance between academics and sport. It’s good to remember that what works for one person, might not necessarily work for another. Usually the pressure is felt when tests are around the corner and there are high school sport matches lined up every afternoon leading up to test week. To add to this stress, you might also be in a leadership position at school and have to attend meetings during break, etc. Continue reading Balancing High School Sports and Academics

This is why I decided to study environmental science

environmental science

Environmental science is not the most popular degree to obtain.  It is also not recognized enough. The people who are studying environmental science are often labelled as “tree-huggers”. The truth is many people don’t know what this field of study actually entails. Environmental science is a broad field that is interdisciplinary. This means that it is spread across many other disciplines. Some of the disciplines that are studied when doing environmental science are, chemistry; biology; physics, soil science and geology to name a few. It is a rapidly growing field with so many specialities.

How I knew a career in environmental science was something I wanted

For a large portion of my high school life I was uncertain about what I wanted to do in the future. Indecisive is an understatement to describe how I felt. Figuring out what I was passionate enough about and wanting to do it for the rest of my life was stressful. Continue reading This is why I decided to study environmental science

What subjects should I choose at the end of grade 9?

An important choice lies before high school learners at the end of grade 9 that will influence their education until matric as well as their tertiary education. That is, choosing subjects.

Many learners rarely take the time to fully understand how these subject choices affect their education during school, their student life and career paths after school. At the age of 14 or 15, confusion sets in as parents/guardians don’t always know how to help or even understand what is required to maximise the learners potential.

In this article we will delve into a few important points to keep in mind when choosing subjects for the last phase of school life. Continue reading What subjects should I choose at the end of grade 9?

Introducing Our Blog Writer: Lushano Naidoo!

blog writer introduction

Hi, my name is Lushano Naidoo and I am an animal loving, sport fanatic who is currently a BSc Environmental Science Student at the university of KwaZulu Natal, Durban.
My passions include swimming, soccer and hockey. Having played hockey for many of my school teams over the years, that is something I miss the most. I enjoy reading and the outdoors, going on an adventure is my sort of scene. I’ve had a small taste of travelling the world and I’d do it again in a heartbeat if I had the chance. Being healthy is a priority to me, and finding a happy medium between studying and keeping fit is what I strive to do.

I have been given the opportunity to write for this blog on Amanda Owen Online Education. A blog for students, by students. It’s genius! Being a student myself, I wish a blog like this existed way back when I was deciding what to study (it is a daunting decision to make at such  a young age). Continue reading Introducing Our Blog Writer: Lushano Naidoo!